Frequently Asked Questions
How can you give 100% to your charity partners?
All our marketing and administration costs are paid by Legistics, Inc. precisely so that every dollar we raise benefits one of the organizations we support. Not a nickel goes to the racing costs, either, which are covered by Legistics and our co-sponsors. So rest assured: when you donate money to us, it first gets matched by our corporate partners, then it all goes to help Fund the Care and Fund the Cure.
Where does the money go?
When you donate, your contribution plus the matching funds that amplify it go straight to our charity partners. Since the marketing and administrative costs are underwritten by Legistics, Inc. (the company Phil Frengs heads), we can forward the funds straight to our wonderful charities who do such critical work in the field of Alzheimer’s and dementia care and research.
How did you decide who to support?
Having dealt with this disease directly, we knew that we wanted to help fund both the care of Alzheimer’s victims and their families, as well as the search for a cure. Phil, our founder, had personal experience with UCLA’s excellent system of family support, and he was also familiar with the cutting edge research being done by Nantz National Alzheimer Center. Both are well respected in the field.
Once we got a Canadian co-sponsor for our Audi team, the possibility of working with Baycrest opened up. Again, their reputation is stellar and their work is leading the way in Canada. Their presence opened the door for Canadian participation in our program.
Tell me more about UCLA Cognitive Health Care
UCLA has one of the most respected medical facilities in the country. This program is designed to help patients and their families with the complex medical, behavioral and social needs of Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia. UCLA’s Dementia Care Specialists are at the heart of the program and work with patients’ primary care doctor to develop and implement a personalized care plan. The UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program strives to help every patient maintain independence to the highest degree possible, with dignity. Read more here.
Tell me more about Nantz National Alzheimer Center
To give hope to patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other frequent causes of memory loss, the NNAC is vigorously pursuing research to discover new treatments. Excelling in the use of clinical and research imaging biomarkers, the NNAC has contributed important scientific information relevant to treatment. Multiple preclinical and clinical studies are proceeding to evaluate various approaches and new medications aimed at delaying the progression of the disease or stopping its course. Read more here.
Tell me more about Baycrest Foundation
Baycrest Health Sciences is a global leader in geriatric residential living, healthcare, research, innovation and education, with a special focus on brain health and aging. As an academic health sciences centre fully affiliated with the University of Toronto, Baycrest provides an exemplary care experience for aging clients combined with an extensive clinical training program for students and one of the world’s top research institutes in cognitive neuroscience. Through its commercial and consulting arms, Baycrest takes its sought-after expertise, education and innovations to other healthcare organizations and long-term care homes, both in Canada and internationally. Read more here.
Who is the California Community Foundation and what’s their role?
CalFund manages the legal side of what we are doing with Racing to End Alzheimer’s. They process our U.S. contributions and deal with the complex government reporting that is part of running any nonprofit. They enable small foundations like ours to focus on developing donor participation, while they handle the back-office details. In addition, since 2000, they have given more than $200 million in discretionary grants, impacting hundreds of thousands of lives and helping to transform entire communities. Read more here.
What if I can’t afford to put a name on the car?
We understand. Alzheimer’s or dementia care is expensive, and takes time away from work for many families. But perhaps you can afford $25, and can invite 9 other family members to contribute at that level. It goes to a great cause, supporting work that means others won’t have to suffer. And if that’s still too difficult, please do whatever you can. We are grateful for every donation in any amount. All of it is matched and becomes worth much more to the organizations we help fund.
Why are the names so expensive?
To make a significant difference, we need to raise a substantial sum. If we make our names too inexpensive, the end result isn’t sufficient to justify the significant effort it takes to make Racing to End Alzheimer’s work. At $250, if we hit our goal for 2019, we will raise at least $37,500 in donor contributions. That’s doubled by Legistics, to become $75,000. As we get additional corporate matching funds, that number goes up and becomes large enough to make a difference. We’re shooting for $150,000 this year, and every little bit helps.
How long have you been doing this?
We started Racing to End Alzheimer’s in the 2017 season. But Phil Frengs and Legistics have been sponsoring IMSA race cars with Nick Galante driving since 2013.
Why does the car change from year to year?
Racing is a complicated combination of drivers (currently Nick Galante and James Vance), racing teams who prepare and repair the car (currently Speed Syndicate), and corporate sponsors (currently FastMD, Legistics and F.E.L.) , some of whom also own the car and buy all the spare parts, engines, bodywork, graphics, and so on. Between seasons, many of those relationships change. It’s what keeps things active and interesting. But it also means we’ve ended up racing a Porsche in our first season, a BMW in our second and an Audi in our third. It’s fascinating to see how each car performs under pressure and to learn the pluses and minuses of the different makes and models,